Apply to Master in Health Care Management Program
The Master in Health Care Management (MHCM) program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) – https://sophas.org/). SOPHAS is an online, common application service.
What are the deadlines?
There are two application deadlines. The priority application deadline is December 1 and the final, space available application deadline is February 15; to ensure all applications materials arrive on time, applicants are highly encouraged to submit to SOPHAS about a week prior. Prospective students may apply after the priority deadline on a space available basis with prior permission from the program. Again, where possible we encourage candidates to submit their application in advance of the deadline to allow for processing time.
When will SOPHAS send my application to the Harvard Chan School?
SOPHAS will only forward complete applications to the Harvard Chan School.
When is the application available?
The application is available starting the beginning of September.
What does a completed application consist of?
- Personal Statement (Statement of Purpose and Objectives)
- Resume / Business CV
- Official transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended
- See below for specifics on domestic vs. international transcripts
- Three letters of reference (at least one from a current manager)
- Standardized Test Scores – test scores are optional at this time. The program will accept one standardized test score (MCAT for most US and Canadian medical graduates and typically the GRE for foreign medical graduates)
- SOPHAS application fee
Personal Statement (application essay)
We recommend that candidates request two signed and sealed copies of all post-secondary transcripts, marks sheets, and degree conferral certificates. The first should be submitted as a part of your application to SOPHAS. The second is an extra copy for your records or a backup. Note, for transfer or study abroad credits, students must submit transcripts from the original institutions. We recommend requesting transcripts as early as possible; SOPHAS will only release a completed application to the Harvard Chan School. Please read on for specific recommendations for domestic and international transcripts.
Transcripts (US and Canadian English-language institutions)
SOPHAS requires that all prior coursework and grades be entered into the application. Please refer to SOPHAS for instructions on requesting and sending transcripts to them. We highly recommend that MHCM applicants take advantage of the optional, fee-based SOPHAS Coursework Entry service where SOPHAS will enter your prior coursework for you. To take advantage of this service, go to the “Academic History” section of SOPHAS and select “Transcript Entry.” As needed select the “Tell me more” button. Note, SOPHAS will enter your coursework only after all transcripts have been received and your application is considered complete.
Transcripts (non-US or Canadian non-English-language institutions)
Applicants with international transcripts should visit the Harvard Chan School Admissions Office Transcripts and Marks Sheets website for detailed submission instructions. In brief, these transcripts must be sent to World Education Services (WES), a credentialing service, before the evaluated transcripts are then forwarded to SOPHAS. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health requires the WES “iCAP” package that verifies and evaluates your transcripts course by course.
Letters of Reference
The program requires three letters of reference. References should comment on the candidate’s executive leadership experience and potential. Candidates should seek references from managers as senior in their organization as possible; at least one letter should come from a current direct manager.
We recommend requesting letters of reference as early as possible; SOPHAS will only release a completed application to the Harvard Chan School.
Optional Standardized Test Score
Standardized test scores are currently optional. Most domestically trained physicians and dentists submit their MCAT or DAT score, respectively. Foreign trained clinicians typically take the GRE exam. The GMAT is also accepted. For a detailed explanation of the standardized test score policy, please see the Harvard Chan School Admissions Office – Test Score Designations website.
Optional MCAT Score Reporting Instructions
If submitting an MCAT score, the protocols vary depending on the year the test was taken. Please review the MCAT score reporting guide , which details the instructions for submitting MCAT scores depending on the year the exam was taken.
Do you accept MCATs that are greater than five years old?
Yes, we will accept MCAT scores that are greater than five years old. There is a different process to release and submit scores before or after 1991. See the MCAT score reporting guide for full details.
Do you accept DATs that are greater than five years old? How do I get my DAT scores reported?
Yes, we will accept DAT scores that are greater than five years old. Your DENTPIN and password are required to release all scores. If you know your DENTPIN you can request your scores using this link: https://www.ada.org/1630.aspx . If you need to retrieve an older DENTPIN , the ADA has detailed instructions on this website: https://www.ada.org/1643.aspx.
Is entering work experience, awards, volunteer work, etc. into SOPHAS required?
No, you do not need to enter this information into SOPHAS. Instead please include this information on your business CV and upload it to SOPHAS.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS test is required for all applicants who have not received a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction. Those who have already taken the TOEFL may submit scores that are two years old or less. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam will be accepted if the applicant’s score is 7.0 or above.
SOPHAS – Selecting the MHCM program
After creating a SOPHAS account: at the program selection screen, first choose “Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health”, then select “search” to load the list of programs. Next, select “Master in Health Care Management (MHCM)”, in the first column, roughly halfway down the list of programs, by selecting the plus symbol to the left of the degree name. The next time you log into SOPHAS the MHCM program will be listed as “Health Care Management.”
Link to SOPHAS
Application Notes from the Harvard Chan School Admissions Office
What is the application process?
Applicants apply directly to SOPHAS, a common application service. Please note that interviews are not a required part of the application. Feel free to call to discuss the match between our program and your career goals. Completed applications are forwarded by SOPHAS to the Harvard Chan School Admissions Office, then to a faculty committee for review and admission recommendation. Applications are then reviewed by a school-wide committee for final decision.
When will I know my acceptance status?
Typically, candidates who submit completed applications by December 1 will be notified of admission decision in February.
General Application Problems? To Contact:
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s Admissions Office